Our new baptistery has arrived! Katrina ripped our old baptistry out of the building and deposited it across the road.
In the past we have baptised in the gulf, in our local Jordan River, in a family swimming pool, in a kiddy-pool set up in the parking lot, and in a borrowed sister church. I trust God that we will see multitudes of new believers immersed in this new tank, as we fulfill the Great Commission, for the glory of God.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
The apostle Paul, speaking of the Church at Corenth said, “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it.” (1 Corinthians 3:10) “Carpenters for Christ” of Birmingham Alabama, along with a sister group of “Builders for Christ” based out of Kentucky worked diligently all week setting all the floor joists and laying the decking. I can not tell you how exciting it was to climb up the ladder and walk on the new floor.
The next crew, from Macon Georgia, has already started rolling in. Lord willing, next week will prove equally productive as the walls and roof go up.
The Lord blessed us with another great productive week. The hard working crew from First Baptist Church Jonesboro, LA set the huge beams for the main floor of the new church building.
Seeing the massive beams flying in, I couldn’t imagine getting hit in the head with one of those things, much less poked in the eye with it. This thought reminds me of Jesus’ rebuke of the religious hypocrites of his day, when they could point out their neighbor’s offensive fleck of sawdust, but overlooked the beam sticking out of their own eye sockets. Why can we see the tiny faults in others so clearly, but miss our own big ones?